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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey
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Press Play with Madeleine Brand: How We Learn
All Things Considered: Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions
The Leanard Lopate Show: How Our Brains Absorb Information
Airtalk: How We Learn
A science reporter presents an exploration of what is known about learning and memory that considers how to adapt negative characteristics to expand learning potential.

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey

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Press Play with Madeleine Brand: How We Learn

All Things Considered: Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

The Leanard Lopate Show: How Our Brains Absorb Information

Airtalk: How We Learn

A science reporter presents an exploration of what is known about learning and memory that considers how to adapt negative characteristics to expand learning potential.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: More Famous People Play Not My Job
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Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Al Gore Plays Not My Job
A few of the most memorable celebrity guests who played Not My Job.  You will hear Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, play a game called, “I can feel it coming in the air tonight,” in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Ponychildren’s show in a game called “Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this.” Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with “cursy,” so she is invited to play a game called “May Thunder Blast Your Head!” about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Eryka Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos, and Jeff Garlin.  Over 2 1/2  hours on 2 CDs.

Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: More Famous People Play Not My Job

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Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: Al Gore Plays Not My Job

A few of the most memorable celebrity guests who played Not My Job.  You will hear Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate from 2001 to 2003, play a game called, “I can feel it coming in the air tonight,” in which he responds to questions about musician Phil Collins. Al Gore tries to match his former boss’ mastery of the My Little Ponychildren’s show in a game called “Maybe you can beat Bill Clinton at this.” Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee rhymes with “cursy,” so she is invited to play a game called “May Thunder Blast Your Head!” about curses from around the world. Of course. Also featuring Eryka Badu, Tony Danza, Jack Gantos, and Jeff Garlin.  Over 2 1/2  hours on 2 CDs.

World Order by Henry Kissinger
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The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS
Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States
Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

World Order by Henry Kissinger

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The Takeaway: Kissinger Talks ISIS

Weekend Edition: Henry Kissinger’s Thoughts on the Islamic States

Provocative and articulate, blending historical insight with prognostication, World Order is a unique work that could only come from a lifelong diplomat.

Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean
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The Two Way: Arizona Execution of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours
The Arizona case described in The Two Way from NPR where it took over 2 hours to execute an Arizona man may just spark another National debate about the Death Penalty.
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Confronting both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative of love, Dead Man Walking is an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty, a book that is both enlightening and devastating.

Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean

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The Two Way: Arizona Execution of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours

The Arizona case described in The Two Way from NPR where it took over 2 hours to execute an Arizona man may just spark another National debate about the Death Penalty.

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.

Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Confronting both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative of love, Dead Man Walking is an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty, a book that is both enlightening and devastating.

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Here & Now: The Reset with Russia Worked
on Point: Hilary Clinton
Airtalk: Hilary Clinton on Gaza, ‘Hard Choices’ and being Called a 20th Century Candidate
Fresh Air:  The Hilary Clinton Interview
Morning Edition: Clinton Sought ‘Tougher Deal,’ But Won’t Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap
Morning Edition: Clinton Uses ‘Hard Choices’ Book  Tour to Steer Message About Benghazi
Newscut from MPR News: Terry Gross v. Hillary Clinton
NPR’s It’s All Politics: Hard Sell For ‘Hard Choices’ Says Hillary’s Running In 2016
The Daily Circuit: Clinton’s coming, so let’s talk politics
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.

Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Here & Now: The Reset with Russia Worked

on Point: Hilary Clinton

Airtalk: Hilary Clinton on Gaza, ‘Hard Choices’ and being Called a 20th Century Candidate

Fresh Air:  The Hilary Clinton Interview

Morning Edition: Clinton Sought ‘Tougher Deal,’ But Won’t Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap

Morning Edition: Clinton Uses ‘Hard Choices’ Book  Tour to Steer Message About Benghazi

Newscut from MPR News: Terry Gross v. Hillary Clinton

NPR’s It’s All Politics: Hard Sell For ‘Hard Choices’ Says Hillary’s Running In 2016

The Daily Circuit: Clinton’s coming, so let’s talk politics

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.

The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez
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Dinner Party Download: Cristina Herriquez Gets to Know America
The Leanard Lopate Show: The Book of Unknown Americans
The Take Two: A Novel about the Immigration Story
Cristina Henríquez’s powerful novel The Book of Unknown Americans captures readers with the quiet beauty of her characters and their profoundly wrought experiences as immigrants in America. The story takes place in a run-down apartment building in Delaware, home to nine families who arrived in the States from various South and Central American countries, each looking to better the lives of the next generation. In alternating chapters, these men and women share stories of how their adopted country has left its mark on them, for better and worse. The close bond that develops between the Rivera and Toro families drives the novel forward, particularly the relationship between their children Mayor and Maribel, as closely held secrets and feelings of guilt, love, hope and despair are unpacked with warmth and compassion. With her cast of “unknown Americans,” Henriquez has crafted a novel that is inspiring, tragic, brave and above all, unforgettable

The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez

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Dinner Party Download: Cristina Herriquez Gets to Know America

The Leanard Lopate Show: The Book of Unknown Americans

The Take Two: A Novel about the Immigration Story

Cristina Henríquez’s powerful novel The Book of Unknown Americans captures readers with the quiet beauty of her characters and their profoundly wrought experiences as immigrants in America. The story takes place in a run-down apartment building in Delaware, home to nine families who arrived in the States from various South and Central American countries, each looking to better the lives of the next generation. In alternating chapters, these men and women share stories of how their adopted country has left its mark on them, for better and worse. The close bond that develops between the Rivera and Toro families drives the novel forward, particularly the relationship between their children Mayor and Maribel, as closely held secrets and feelings of guilt, love, hope and despair are unpacked with warmth and compassion. With her cast of “unknown Americans,” Henriquez has crafted a novel that is inspiring, tragic, brave and above all, unforgettable

Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich
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Marketplace: An obsessive hunt for America’s early recorded music
NPR: History in the Groove
Soundcheck: Chasing the Rarest 78 rpm’s 
A celebration of 78rpm record subculture reveals the growing value of rare records and the determined efforts of their collectors and archivists, drawing on historical research and preserver interviews to explore the music of blues artists who have been lost to the modern world.

Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich

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As Heard on Public Radio:

Marketplace: An obsessive hunt for America’s early recorded music

NPR: History in the Groove

Soundcheck: Chasing the Rarest 78 rpm’s 

A celebration of 78rpm record subculture reveals the growing value of rare records and the determined efforts of their collectors and archivists, drawing on historical research and preserver interviews to explore the music of blues artists who have been lost to the modern world.

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
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All Things Considered: ‘How Not to be Wrong’ in Math Class?  Add a dose of Skepticism
Wisconsin Public Radio: How Not To Be Wrong
Weekend Edition: Tracking the World’s Most Famous Unread Books
How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

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All Things Considered: ‘How Not to be Wrong’ in Math Class?  Add a dose of Skepticism

Wisconsin Public Radio: How Not To Be Wrong

Weekend Edition: Tracking the World’s Most Famous Unread Books

How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

How to Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie
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This American Life: How To Win Friends
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:
* Three fundamental techniques in handling people
* The six ways to make people like you
* The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

How to Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie

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This American Life: How To Win Friends

For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.

Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:

* Three fundamental techniques in handling people

* The six ways to make people like you

* The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking

* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment

The Director: A Novel by David Ignatius
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On Point: Building A Middle East Coalition To Tackle ISIS
NPR: 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue
Morning Edition: ‘The Director’ Offers a Glimpse into the Digital Underground
The Diane Rehm Show: David Ignatius’ ‘Director’
In David Ignatius’s gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.
Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

The Director: A Novel by David Ignatius

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On Point: Building A Middle East Coalition To Tackle ISIS

NPR: 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue

Morning Edition: ‘The Director’ Offers a Glimpse into the Digital Underground

The Diane Rehm Show: David Ignatius’ ‘Director’

In David Ignatius’s gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.

Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.

Magnificent Vibration: A Novel by Rick Springfield
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Weekend Edition: Rick Springfield on Divorce, God and the Loch Ness Monster
Horacio Cotton, a.k.a. Bobby, is a 30-something-year-old man, whose life is in shambles. He’s so desperate, he steals a self-help book called “Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose.” When he opens the book, he finds a 1-800-number for God, or ‘Big G, little O-D” as he calls him. So, of course, he picks up the phone and dials, who wouldn’t? From there, a fantastical, saucy and soul searching tale unfolds. Rick Springfield, yes, the musician Rick Springfield, is the author behind this whirlwind of a tale. You may remember Rick as Dr. Noah Drake from the soap opera “General Hospital,” or maybe his hit song ‘Jesse’s Girl.’.

Magnificent Vibration: A Novel by Rick Springfield

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Weekend Edition: Rick Springfield on Divorce, God and the Loch Ness Monster

Horacio Cotton, a.k.a. Bobby, is a 30-something-year-old man, whose life is in shambles. He’s so desperate, he steals a self-help book called “Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose.” When he opens the book, he finds a 1-800-number for God, or ‘Big G, little O-D” as he calls him. So, of course, he picks up the phone and dials, who wouldn’t? From there, a fantastical, saucy and soul searching tale unfolds. Rick Springfield, yes, the musician Rick Springfield, is the author behind this whirlwind of a tale. You may remember Rick as Dr. Noah Drake from the soap opera “General Hospital,” or maybe his hit song ‘Jesse’s Girl.’.

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
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on Point: Diane Keaton Muses on Beauty
All Things Considered: Aging Film Star Reflects on Aging
From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.


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Then Again by Diane Keaton - Diane Keaton reflects on her life, carreer and her relationship with her mother.

Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton

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on Point: Diane Keaton Muses on Beauty

All Things Considered: Aging Film Star Reflects on Aging

From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.

Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.

Also Available:

Then Again by Diane Keaton - Diane Keaton reflects on her life, carreer and her relationship with her mother.

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Ben Carson
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MPR News Presents: Dr. Ben Carson
On Point: Dr Ben Carson
Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the National Press Club in Washington about his new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.” Dr. Carson was director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital until he retired last year. Dr. Carson finished third, with 9 percent, in the 2016 Republican presidential straw poll conducted at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Ben Carson

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MPR News Presents: Dr. Ben Carson

On Point: Dr Ben Carson

Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the National Press Club in Washington about his new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.” Dr. Carson was director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital until he retired last year. Dr. Carson finished third, with 9 percent, in the 2016 Republican presidential straw poll conducted at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.

The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry
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All Things Considered: McMurty Takes Aim at a Legend In ‘Last Kind Words Saloon’
All Things Considered: McMurtry Loves the West but Kicks the Cowboy Off His High Horse
The triumphant return of Larry McMurtry with this ballad in prose: his heartfelt tribute to a bygone era of the American West.
Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry

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As Heard on Public Radio:

All Things Considered: McMurty Takes Aim at a Legend In ‘Last Kind Words Saloon’

All Things Considered: McMurtry Loves the West but Kicks the Cowboy Off His High Horse

The triumphant return of Larry McMurtry with this ballad in prose: his heartfelt tribute to a bygone era of the American West.

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

The Snow Queen: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
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All Things Considered: In Cunningham’s latest, Powerful Language Makes up for Weak Plot
NPR: Michael Cunningham Re-Imagines ‘Snow Queen’
The Diane Rehm Show: Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen’
Michael Cunningham’s newest novel is named after a fairytale, but the book “The Snow Queen,” is full of death, drugs and aging. 

The Snow Queen: A Novel by Michael Cunningham

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All Things Considered: In Cunningham’s latest, Powerful Language Makes up for Weak Plot

NPR: Michael Cunningham Re-Imagines ‘Snow Queen’

The Diane Rehm Show: Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen’

Michael Cunningham’s newest novel is named after a fairytale, but the book “The Snow Queen,” is full of death, drugs and aging. 

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